Steve McQueen and Neile Adams papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Steve McQueen and Neile Adams papers
Date (inclusive): 1955-2007
Date (bulk): 1955-1973
Collection number: 293
Creator: McQueen, Steve Toffel, Neile McQueen
Extent: 25 linear feet of papers. 13.7 linear feet of photographs.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Steve McQueen and Neile Adams papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Neile McQueen Toffel, 1991-2007


Steve McQueen was an American actor active from 1956 to 1980. As a leading actor during the 1960s and 1970s he was a top box-office draw. McQueen was married to actress Neile Adams (now known as Neile McQueen Toffel), actress Ali MacGraw, and model Barbara Minty. McQueen was nominated for an Academy Award in the best actor category for THE SAND PEBBLES (1966). Neile Adams was born in the Philippines to parents of English and Spanish descent. She came to the United States as a teenager and later studied acting and dancing. She and Steve McQueen were married in 1956. The marriage lasted nearly sixteen years.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Steve McQueen and Neile Adams papers span the years 1955-2007 (bulk 1955-1973) and encompass approximately 38.7 linear feet. The collection contains nearly three dozen scrapbooks documenting the McQueen's married life and times; some production material related to McQueen's company, Solar Productions, predominantly financial or legal in nature, including agreements, contracts, and distribution statements; manuscript material and notes for Neile McQueen Toffel's memoir, "My Husband, My Friend"; and photographs. The photograph series consists of scrapbooks and prints of motion picture production, stage production, and biography photographs.


Arranged in the following series: Not arranged in series.

Indexing Terms

McQueen, Steve , 1930-1980--Archives.
Toffel, Neile McQueen--Archives.